All the Rowboats

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"All the Rowboats"
Single by Regina Spektor
from the album What We Saw from the Cheap Seats
Released27 February 2012 (2012-02-27) (Streaming)
28 February 2012 (2012-02-28) (Digital download)
FormatCD single, Digital download
LabelSire Records
Songwriter(s)Regina Spektor
Producer(s)Regina Spektor, Mike Elizondo
Regina Spektor singles chronology
"No Surprises"
"All the Rowboats"
"Don't Leave Me (Ne me quitte pas)"
Music video
"All the Rowboats" on YouTube

"All the Rowboats" is the first single from Regina Spektor's sixth album What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. It was first released for streaming on February 27, 2012 and on the following day it was released for digital download.[1] The song had been occasionally performed by Spektor in concerts since 2005. During concerts, Spektor would emulate a drum machine sound with her microphone.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was released on YouTube on March 28, 2012. The video begins with Spektor being tied up on a rowboat which is cut off by a clip of a lighthouse. Later she appears on a dock. The video also contains clips of Spektor underwater, running down corridors as well as being crushed by closing walls.[3] It utilizes stop-motion animation to animate the motion of the waves. It was directed by Adria Petty, daughter of musician Tom Petty, and Peter Sluszka.

The music video's Production Designer, Anthony Henderson, was nominated for the Best Art Direction in a Video award at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.[4]


  • Writers: Regina Spektor
  • Producer: Regina Spektor, Mike Elizondo
  • Vocals, Piano, Keyboards: Regina Spektor
  • Percussion: Aaron Sterling
  • Drums: Jay Bellerose, Aaron Sterling
  • Bass, Electric guitar, Programming: Mike Elizondo

Use in media[edit]

The song was featured on a prime spot on The CW show Ringer on March 13, 2012. This made her the Artist Spotlight of the week.[5]


Chart (2012) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 91
U.S. Billboard Rock Digital Singles Chart[6] 37


  1. ^ "Hear Regina Spektor's comeback single 'All The Rowboats'". NME. 2012-02-28. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "NME Track Reviews - Regina Spektor - 'All The Rowboats'". NME. 2012-03-01. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  3. ^ "Regina Spektor unveils surreal video for 'All The Rowboats' – watch". NME. 2012-03-30. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Best Art Direction 2012 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS". MTV. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Ringer Music - Artist Spotlight". The CW. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
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